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Among people everywhere there is increasing concern about the quality and safety of our food as well as concern about harm to the environment from ill-conceived agricultural activity. Tilth's mission is to promote environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture. We are devoted to learning about and promoting ways in which to raise food, ornamentals, other farm crops and farm animals without damage to the environment.

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Composting Workshop September 25

Join Tilth member and Master Composter, Renee Delight, to learn about the science and art of creating compost from garden and yard waste. The class will discuss how to build a compost pile, hot vs. cold compost, compost bins, trouble-shooting your compost pile, plus the how and why of using finished compost. The class is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 on the Tilth campus, 2812 Thompson Road, Langley, in the community gardens. Please register by sending an email to the education committee. Donations for the class are welcome.

Hügelkulture Workshop

  • Building continues every Saturday at 12 p.m. until finished
  • At the Tilth campus on the driveway

Join us and learn all about hügelkultur (hill culture) from Kyle of Sonshine Farm. We’ll be building a hügelkultur hill at Tilth. Practiced for centuries in Eastern Europe and Germany, hügelkultur is the process of making raised garden beds filled with logs, branches, plant matter, compostable materials and soil. The result is a low-maintenance garden that doesn’t require irrigation or fertilization. Hügelkultur beds have naturally good drainage and produce incredibly rich, fertile soil that retains moisture. It’s also a great way to upcycle woody debris. And it sequesters carbon!

Zai farming from Northern Burkina Faso, and Tassa farming from the Tahoua region in Niger are similar methods used to dig pits in the preseason to catch water and concentrate compost. We will be doing a similar system where we will be digging down a bit into the soil instead of building right on top of the earth. Learn why and where you would want to apply these methods!

The cost of this class is by donation and open to all. Bring a shovel and any bags of plant material that you need to get rid of.

Seed Library Is Open

Grow, save and give back your garden seeds. Download the guidelines on the Garden page.

Tilth's New Roadside Stand Is Open

Tilth's roadside farm stand is starting to fill up with fruits and vegetables. It is located at the driveway entrance at Thompson Road. Just pull up, select what you wish. Put your payment in the envelope and slip the envelope into the pump house mail slot near by. You may pay by credit card too. See the plastic bag near apples and fill out your information. We'll process it and send you a receipt.Got produce you want to sell? Contact Prescott or FRed.

It was dedicated on Wednesday, June 9 by the University of Washington's Design-Build students and instructors who were in attendance for the Ribbon Cutting.

Tilth's Farmers' Market–Celebrating 50 Years!

Come every Sunday for fresh local produce, flowers, bedding plants, hot and prepared foods and more. Operationg hours are now 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please, if you are not vacinnated, wear a mask to maintain safety from the Coronavirus. SNAP customers are welcome and can have purchases doubled up to $40 a visit. Senior and WIC Faermers' Market Nutrition Program coupons are matched up to $12 per visit, thanks to a grant from the Goose Community Grocer.

Look for the scarecrow at 2812 Thompson Road, Langley. New and returning vendors, please contact the market manager and see details on the market page. Anyone with produce or plants they'd like to sell, but can't stay may have the Community Produce Volunteer sell them and you make 75 percent. Download the Community Produce form.

Get Old School Market Farm's (OSM Eats) take-out: pizza, soups, salads, muffins, cookies and more every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the pavilion at South Whidbey Tilth. Café Mam coffee by the cup is also served. Find them on Facebook. You can also call or text 360-935-0622.

Lunch and Dinner fare can be had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. by Trap Landry of the South End Kitchen. Find his menu on his website and place an order, 425-238-0762.

Look for the signs on SR 525 and Thompson Road (2812 Thompson Road, Langley 98260). Please wear a mask and maintain a distance.

Spend Time Outdoors and Help Tilth

There are still opportunities to spend time outdoors and help Tilth! There is much outdoor work to be done around the campus at this time of year, and we welcome you to come work independently or in small, informal groups, if you are feeling well and would like to get out of the house and spend time in a peaceful setting. Please contact the land steward, Ida, for a list of tasks that can be completed independently on the beautiful Tilth campus.

Tilth's Council of Trustees' Business Meeting Is September 21

The 2021 members of the governing council of trustees are President Gary Ingram, Secretary Janet Richards, Finance chair Edward Hueneke Vice President Anza Muenchow; Membership, Community Relations and Development chair Prescott; Education committee chair Don Krafft and Market committee chair is Anza Muenchow. The council had a special planning meeting on December 3, see notes. There is no meeting in August, but the next regular meeting is Tuesday, September 21 and conducted virtually using the Zoom application. Members are welcome to connect and participate in either meeting. Questions? Contact the President or Secretary for information or leave a message at 360-321-0757.

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Vounteer hours

South Whidbey Tilth depends on its volunteers. Please download a volunteer form as a pdf file. Keep track of your time all year. Mail to South Whidbey Tilth or email to the Treasurer.

Our Organization

Enjoy the Sustainability Campus

The South Whidbey Tilth 11-acre Sustainability Campus is at 2812 Thompson Road, Langley, WA 98260 and provides a unique, leisurely ambience and focus for learning. The campus is open for walking, and you can view our ongoing projects: demonstration field crops, community garden and orchard, forest trail and understory recovery project, native plant salvage beds operated by Native Plant Stewards, the highway vegetation management model, and bluebird nesting boxes established by Coupeville fifth-graders. Dog walkers, please use the poop bags in the recycling area by the restrooms. Use the trash can there.


Volunteer Opportunities

South Whidbey Tilth has opportunities for you to help with classes, farmers' market, community gardens, facilities maintenance and improvements and forest restoration projects.


Tilth History

On August 27, 1977, more than 70 people gathered at Pragtree Farm near Arlington, WA, to develop strategies for the sustainable agriculture movement in the Pacific Northwest. Known as the "Regional Planning Meeting," the gathering established the framework for the Tilth Association.


Recently the Berry Center in Kentucky posted a video of Wendell Berry's July 1, 1974 speech in Spokane. Wendell's insights are as powerful today as they were forty years ago. The full transcript of his speech is available on the Tilth Producers website.


The meeting at Pragtree Farm laid the foundation for organizing local Tilth chapters. The next spring the first chapters were formed in Seattle and in Southwest Washington, followed by Willamette Valley Tilth and Rogue Tilth in Oregon. By the summer of 1982 there were 15 Tilth chapters in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, with an estimated combined membership of 2,000.  At the Regional Planning Meeting three years later Anthony Judge's ideas were incorporated into Tilth's strategy of organizing autonomous local chapters empowered to respond to the needs of their communities. Over the past three decades the Tilth movement has ebbed and flowed, with the central organization dissolving into statewide organizations in Oregon and Washington, and local chapters forming and fading away. Because of its decentralized, ecological strategy, however, Tilth has continued to adapt, survive, and thrive. Today Tilth is experiencing a resurgence parallel to the growth of the organic food and farming nationwide. The complete story by one of the founders, Mark Musick is on the Washington Tilth website select History.


All the Tilth organizations celebrated the 40th anniversary at the Tilth Producers Conference in November 2014. Mary Berry, Wendell’s daughter, was a keynote speaker.


See our chapters at:

Oregon Tilth www.tilth.org

Tilth Alliance www.tilthalliance.org

Sno-Valley Tilth www.snovalleytilth.org

Vashon Island Growers Association www.vigavashon.org


Online newsletters

Summer 2021 South Whidbey Tilth Newsletter


  • Tilth Celebrates New Farm Stand
  • NStarting Your Winter Gardens
  • Salmonberries, My Favorite Shrub/li>
  • Tilth Annual Potluck
  • Conservation Biocontrol, or the Love of Insects
  • Save the Date – Tilth Annual Conference
  • President’s Message
  • What Is Tilth?
  • Calendar

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